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ICAT Playdate: A Scientist, An Engineer, An Artist, and a Designer Walked Into a Bar: Humor and Disciplinary Culture

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Term: Spring 2022

Date: April 1st, 2022

Time: 8:30am - 9:30am

Location: Community Assembly in the Creativity + Innovation District Living-Learning Community

Instructor: Phyllis Newbill

Presented By: Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT)



“Getting” a joke relies upon recognizing that a narrative has suddenly changed from the expected to the absurd.  To be in on the joke, an audience must know what is expected: the audience and the joke teller must share common ground . Common ground is also an important feature of culture. In our previous work, we have studied how undergraduate students develop a sense of “disciplinary culture”: what it means to be a scientist, an engineer, an artist, a designer, or whatever profession they are preparing for after graduating. In honor of April Fools’ Day, this playdate will explore the relationship of humor and disciplinary culture.  As part of the playdate, we will be collecting examples of disciplinary humor from the audience and telling them to each other. Please be prepared with a joke about your discipline, particularly jokes that only people with training in your discipline would get. (We’re not kidding!)  

Speaker:    Tom Martin, Lisa McNair